Though sometimes it may seem as though having larger breasts is the goal of every woman, those who already have them may feel they are more of a curse than they are a gift. While large breasts are often associated with a more feminine figure, when they are disproportionate to the rest of a woman’s body they can cause a long list of both physical and emotional problems. Breast reduction surgery in Atlanta at Buckhead Plastic Surgery has helped women have the body and lifestyle they absolutely love.
The key reasons for breast reduction are to make the overall size of the breast smaller, improve the shape of the breasts for a more youthful and lifted position, or to reduce headaches, neck pain, back pain, shoulder pain, or chest discomfort associated with larger breasts. If you are still in the childbearing years, and you would like to have children-or more children-delaying breast reduction may be the right choice for you.
Dr. Larsen has helped many women to achieve a more proportionate figure and improve their quality of life with breast reduction surgery. From athletes hindered by their larger breasts, to women seeking to improve the appearance of their breasts after weight loss, Dr. Larsen customizes each patient’s breast reduction to provide her with the best possible results.
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If you think that a breast reduction is the right procedure for you, we would invite you to give our office a call to schedule your consultation with Dr. Larsen.
At Buckhead Plastic Surgery, the price of your breast reduction will start at $7,000. Click here for more information on financing your breast reduction.
“Dr Larsen is very personable, professional and attentive. He spends as much time as needed, never makes you feel hurried and is thorough with explanations and his opinion. He is open-minded and listens to patient comments with respect.”*
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Preparing for Your Breast Reduction
During your consultation and physical exam, Dr. Alan N. Larsen will review the specific techniques required for your unique breast reduction. He will consider factors such as the degree of sagging (ptosis), amount of excess skin, height, shoulder/rib width, and your own aesthetic goals. Breast reduction is more than just removing excessive tissue and fat from the breast. The goal of a breast reduction surgery is to sculpt the breast into a smaller, perkier, and more youthfully-shaped breast that flows smoothly with the other curves of your figure.
There are three incision techniques that may be used for your breast reduction: circum-areolar, SPAIR, and inverted T reduction. The technique that is used most often for breast reductions or reduction mammoplasty is the SPAIR technique. With this technique, the incision goes around the nipple areolar complex (circumareolar) with an extension of the incision vertically from the nipple areolar complex to the inframammary crease. This technique affords the largest lift and the most tightening of the breast envelope for most patients.
Removing breast and fatty tissue will reduce the overall breast size and lift the nipple. The size of the areola (the dark skin surrounding the nipple) will likely be made smaller to match the new shape, position, and proportion of the breast. In some cases, liposuction may be used as part of the breast reduction to remove fat from under the axilla or armpit.
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$7,000 – $8,500
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After Your Breast Reduction
Immediately after breast reduction surgery, it is common to experience mild to moderate discomfort. However, this can usually be controlled with pain medication. Most patients are sent home after surgery in the care of a loved one. In Dr. Larsen’s practice, drains are not placed for this surgery. After surgery you’ll have padding placed across the breasts. The padding will be held gently into position with an ace bandage. Follow-up will start the next morning when the dressings will be removed by Dr. Larsen and will continue every few days for the first week or two, after which your visits will be staggered longer and longer apart as your healing progresses.
Most women return to work in 3-5 days and regular activities after two weeks, provided everything is healing nicely. The first few weeks after surgery, you will wear a loose-fitting bra. As healing continues and the discomfort resolves, you can return to a regular supportive bra.
The new shape and position of your breasts will be visible immediately, though the final shape will take several weeks to months as your breasts continue to heal. While individual experiences vary, patients often notice several benefits over time after breast reduction surgery, including a well-balanced feminine figure, reduction in previous physical pain from large breasts, enhanced physical activity, and fitting better into their clothes. Because of these changes, breast reduction has been a positive, life-changing surgery for many of Dr. Larsen’s patients.
Breast reduction surgery (sometimes referred to as mammaplasty) is a surgical procedure to remove excess tissue and fat to achieve a breast shape in perfect proportion with your body. When breast tissue is out of proportion from the rest of the body, it can cause discomfort both physically and emotionally. Patients who experience physical discomfort (also referred to as macromastia) might find it challenging to perform everyday physical activities. Patients who are affected emotionally because of this disproportion can suffer from emotional distress and at times, significant mental health challenges such as depression or anxiety.
There are many reasons patients opt for this surgery, although it is often performed to address medical issues. It is also commonly performed on patients who are unhappy with the size of their breasts solely for aesthetic reasons. Only you can decide what the best silhouette for your body is. Whatever your reason, when you book a consultation with Dr. Larsen, he will walk you through all the options and make sure your questions are answered.
The weight of excess breast tissue can impair your ability to lead an active life, it can affect how your clothes fit, and the shape of your silhouette. It can also lead to physical pain and discomfort as well as cause emotional distress and self-consciousness. If you identify with any of these experiences, you might be a good candidate for breast reduction surgery. However, if you are still considering having more children, it might be best to delay breast reduction surgery. The best candidates for this surgery are:
- In good overall health
- Have realistic expectations
- Are non-smokers
- Are bothered by the size of your breasts
- Are limited in physical activity because of the size of breasts
- Experience back, neck, or shoulder pain because of the size of breasts
At Buckhead Plastic Surgery, Breast Reduction Surgeries start at $7,000. However, there are a variety of financing options available, feel free to call us to discuss your options.
Breast reduction surgeries are usually performed under general anesthesia. Often, there are a few incisions made to remove excess fat, glandular tissue, and skin. In some cases, excess fat is removed through liposuction. If the breast size is primarily due to fatty tissue and excess skin is not a factor, liposuction alone might be the only procedure needed.
Several common surgical techniques can be used to reduce the size of your breasts. Dr. Larsen will determine which is best for you by identifying your aesthetic goals. He will consider such factors as your specific breast composition, the amount of reduction desired, and your personal preferences.
In a typical breast reduction surgery, there will be visible scars after the surgery. However, they will usually be concealed under a swimsuit or bra, and will fade significantly with time. After the incision has been made, the areola can be reduced in size, and excess tissue will be removed. Then the remaining tissue can be resculpted lifted and shaped to a more pleasing contour.
Then the incisions are closed using sutures that are placed deep in the tissue. This also helps to support your newly sculpted breasts as they heal. Sutures and surgical tape are used to close the incisions in the skin, and dressing and bandages are placed on top of the incisions.
You will likely wake up from surgery with dressings and bandages over your incisions. It’s also common for small plastic tubes to be put in place to drain fluid away from the areas of the incision. An elastic bandage or support bra might be in place to help reduce swelling and aid the healing process. Your medical team will give you specific instructions on how to care for yourself as you recover from surgery.
Most patients can return to work after one week of resting at home, although some patients prefer two weeks. We do advise you to take at least a month off of physical activity. It’s also essential to avoid heavy lifting. It’s normal after breast reduction surgery to feel achy and tired. Your doctor will likely prescribe you painkillers to keep you comfortable in the first few days of your recovery. Then most of the time, Ibuprofen is enough to manage any discomfort you might be feeling. Of course, if you have questions or concerns during your recovery, we are only a phone call away.
Most patients are extremely pleased with the results of their breast reduction surgery. They tend to find that their self-confidence is boosted, and their self-image improves along with small changes like their clothes fitting better and big things like being more comfortable in their skin. Although the results from breast reduction surgery are considered permanent, your breasts will continue to change over time as they would naturally. For optimal results, your doctor will advise you to maintain your weight and take care of your health. Avoid smoking, eat a healthy diet of nutrient-rich foods, and exercise regularly.
Dr. Larsen is a double board-certified plastic surgeon who has trained with some of the most elite surgeons in his field. He has assembled an incredible team of compassionate medical professionals to ensure that every encounter you have with our office is positive. Dr. Larsen has a lengthy and decorated career and has an excellent reputation. He will sit with you and listen to your concerns, explain your options, and help you develop realistic expectations for your optimal results. He has an excellent reputation for both his surgical precision, as well as his patient care. Call us today and schedule your consultation. Your only regret will be that you didn’t call us sooner.
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Alan N. Larsen, MD.
Double Board-Certified Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
Dr. Larsen established Buckhead Plastic Surgery as a boutique practice to offer world-class, personalized service to women and men throughout the Southeast. Dr. Larsen’s compassion and talent are complemented by his elite training with some of the nation’s finest plastic surgeons.
Alan N. Larsen, MD.Double Board-Certified Atlanta Plastic SurgeonDr. Larsen established Buckhead Plastic Surgery as a boutique practice to offer world-class, personalized service to women and men throughout the Southeast. Dr. Larsen’s compassion and talent are complemented by his elite training with some of the nation’s finest plastic surgeons.
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